US Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research says the October 7 attack serves as a recruitment tool for terror groups

A top United States intelligence official said in an interview published that terror groups around the world were using Hamas’s October 7 onslaught on Israel as a “recruiting opportunity”.

Brett Holmgren, the outgoing Assistant US Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, made the comments in an interview with The Washington Post.

According to The Post, the bureau — one of 18 US intelligence agencies — excels in analyzing non-tangible variables, such as a people’s willingness to fight.

Holmgren is set to become the acting director of the US government’s National Counterterrorism Center.

Holmgren told the newspaper that the October 7 massacre served as “a generational event that terrorist organizations in the Middle East and around the world use as a recruiting opportunity.” Holmgren said the fallout from the onslaught was already playing out in Europe, referring to foiled attacks on Jewish targets.

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